According to the World Health Organization (WHO), India stands low in healthcare related index even when compared with low – income countries. The availability of doctors in India is 6 for a population of 10,000 ranking India 52nd among 57 countries facing human resource crunch in healthcare. The world average of hospital beds per 1000 population is 3.96; it is just a little over 0.7 for India.
Rural India contains over 68 percent of India’s total population with half of it living below poverty line, struggling for better and easy access to health care and services Health issues confronted by the rural people are diverse and many – from severe malaria to uncontrolled diabetes, from a badly infected wound to cancer. Postpartum maternal morbidity is a serious problem in resource-poor settings and contributes to maternal mortality, particularly in rural India.
The serious lack of proper healthcare particularly in rural areas is a matter of serious concern. It is clear that better policy regulations and the establishment of public private partnerships are possible solutions to India’s healthcare challenge. Based upon the PPP model of cooperation, ICF has envisioned a new model for sustainable healthcare, which will strike the right balance between prevention and cure.
The new Healthcare model envisages building 3 hospitals per district for 640 districts in India. Each district will be empowered with a sustainable healthcare system, which will be easily accessible, affordable and systematic. It will also contribute to employment generation, create specialized human resource, medical tourism, revenue generation and efficient resource development and utilization of each district.
With the ultimate purpose of providing affordable healthcare to millions of citizens, the Healthcare Initiative is currently in the phase of incubation.
ICF Healthcare Initiative- The Vision